The difference between the dill seed and the weed is one is a feathery, green leaf (called fronds) and the other is commonly referred to as a seed, but in actuality it is the fruit of the plant; both are commonly used in culinary preparation.
Dried dill weed has a sweet flavor similar to anise and parsley with a lighter herb-like aroma than the more pungent tones of the seed. The seeds emit a pleasant aroma with a hint of sharpness and slant more toward anise and caraway flavors. The dried seed is even more pungent after its been heated. Whole dill seeds retain their flavor for up to three years if they are stored in an air-tight container and away from light. After the seeds are ground they will quickly lose their flavor so use only when you need them for cooking. Continue reading